2017 FEATURED EXHIBITS
May 27 - October 9
Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women
In 2017, the Adirondack History Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York State passing a women's suffrage act into state law. Though preceded by many western states in state-level action, New York was nonetheless a major national battleground in the fight for women's rights in general and in the struggle for the passage of a national woman's suffrage amendment - one finally ratified in 1920 as the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Beginning in 1848 with the Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, and continuing well into the early 20th century, New York women such as Inez Milholland, from Essex County, led the national "Votes for Women" movement. To commemorate both the state and national movement, and the specific role of Adirondack women in that movement, the Museum is featuring a suffrage exhibit in the Anitra Pell Gallery - focusing on national, state and regional dimensions of the women's campaign. The exhibit is sponsored in part by New York Council for the Humanities.
May 27 - October 9
Hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks
Hiking has always played an important role in the lives of Adirondackers and the tourists who come to visit. A permanent exhibit exploring the history of hiking in the Adirondacks, specifically in the High Peaks region dating back to the mid-19th Century. Several years ago, the museum received an extensive collection of historic Adirondack hiking items. Many of these pieces were related to Grace Hudowalski, the Adirondack 46er's first president and longtime historian. Following a well-received temporary exhibit, the museum decided to create a permanent exhibit which will expand the exploration of hiking history and the role that advocacy and hiking groups have played. The project will highlight the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Summit Stewards, old times guides, and other historic and contemporary figures. The new exhibit is sponsored by the Adirondack 46ers, Adirondack 46R Conservation Trust, Cloudsplitter Foundation, J.M. McDonald Foundation, and individual contributions. We're still raising funds for the project, and you can help us reach our goal!
May 27 - October 9
A Sense of Place: Photography of the High Peaks
Complementing our new hiking exhibit, the museum's Rosenberg Gallery show this season will focus on photography of the High Peaks. Images of the Adirondacks have been captured since the early days of photography. Work from some of the greatest Adirondack photographers, from historic images taken in the 1870s to the modern day professionals, will be gathered to create a show that reflects man's view of the Adirondacks. Our relationship with the High Peaks will be explored by displaying 150 years of images. The exhibit is curated by Dan Keegan, who recently retired as director from the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Rosenberg Art Gallery is sponsored in part by Sun Community News & Printing.
2017 LECTURE SERIES, 7 p.m.
Votes for Women! New York's Suffrage Centennial
Presented by Gerald Zahavi, Professor of History at SUNY Albany, and Margaret Bartley, author and local historian
An Adirondack Portfolio - Hiking Photographs of Francis Bayle, 1902-1935
Presented by Bob Bayle, author and son of Francis Bayle
The 1916 Elizabethtown School Fire
Presented by Margaret Bartley, author and local historian. This special encore presentation will take place at 2 p.m.
Search & Rescue in the Mountains
Presented by Ron Konowitz, Search and Rescue Expert
Photographing the Adirondacks
Presented by Nancie Battaglia, Professional Photographer
History of Hiking in the High Peaks
Presented by Sharp Swan, local historian
Tales from the Black Woods
Presented by Amy Godine, author and social historian
Plan on stopping in early for a reception beginning at 6 p.m. featuring light refreshments.
2017 FILM SERIES, 7 p.m.
One Woman, One Vote
This documentary film offers a general overview of the "long and rocky road in ultimately winning the vote for women." It covers events from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's call for women's rights at Seneca Falls in 1848 to the final ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. Directed and produced by Ruth Pollak.
Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
Historian and writer Kay Sloan has assembled rare and wonderful footage that opens a historic window onto how women's suffrage was represented in early American cinema. The evening will also include viewings of some short archival British and American suffrage and anti-suffrage films from the 1910-1920 period.
Iron Jawed Angels
This docu-drama, in part based on historian LInda Ford's book by the same title, centers on the American women's suffrage movement during the 1910s. It focuses particularly on women's suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and how they reshaped and radicalized the movement's strategies and tactics during the decade preceding the passage of the 19th Amendment. Directed by Katja von Garnier.
A British dramatic film about the British women's suffrage movement, focusing mainly on the dramatic years of 1911-13. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. It offers viewers an opportunity to ponder the differences between the British and American women's suffrage movements. Directed by Sarah Gavron.
Friday, June 2
Opening Reception for Photography Show
Celebrate the opening of our photography show! Curator Dan Keegan will lead a guided tour! 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 17
6th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show
Collectors and enthusiasts from far and wide will be on hand displaying their collections of beautifully restored and maintained vehicles such as muscle cars, vintage roadsters, hot rods and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Preregistration is $10, day of registration is $15. All participants receive a dash plaque. Download a Preregistration Form.
Thursday, July 6
Colvin - Hero to the North Woods
Director Bill Killon will be on hand to introduce his new 45-minute documentary Colvin - Hero to the North Woods. The documentary tells the story of Verplanck Colvin, the father of the Adirondack Park. Colvin explored, surveyed and mapped the northern reaches of Upstate New York from 1872 to 1900. To protect the forest and watersheds, at a time when the idea of conservation was in its infancy, he proposed a state park for the Adirondack region of New York. Killon will take questions following the screening. 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 15
As part of the town-wide celebration of Elizabethtown Day, admission to the Adirondack History Museum will be free. The day will also feature an encore presentation of "The 1916 Elizabethtown Schoolhouse Fire."
Friday, October 13
November 24 - December 3
Third Annual Online Auction
Our biggest fundraiser of the year!
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact museum to confirm event dates and times.